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New UD PK10 Automatic Shows Its True Colours For Geiss Transport

Tuesday, 11 August 2009 | Print

Queenslanders are renown for their loyalty, especially when it comes to their beloved State of Origin Rugby League team, but while the all conquering maroon jersey is a favourite amongst Ipswich truck operators the Geiss family it hasn't stopped them from displaying a little state of origin rivalry on its new UD PK10 automatics.

Queenslanders are renown for their loyalty, especially when it comes to their beloved State of Origin Rugby League team, but while the all conquering maroon jersey is a favourite amongst Ipswich truck operators the Geiss family it hasn't stopped them from displaying a little state of origin rivalry on its new UD PK10 automatics.

Brothers Malcolm and David Geiss each operate one of the new PK10 automatics from their base in Ipswich with one featuring a maroon tautliner body, the other trimmed in blue, however while it might display NSW colours the owner emphasises that it doesn't reflect his rugby league loyalties.

"I just like the colour blue," says eldest brother Malcolm, " except when it is on a NSW Rugby League player," he adds with a laugh.

The new UD PK10 automatics, featuring an Allison 3000 series automatic transmission, proved the ideal solution for the Geiss Transport operation which works delivering and picking up general freight in a 200km radius around the home base in Ipswich.

"A lot of our work is in Brisbane traffic each day and at the moment with all the construction work on freeways around the city the automatic is proving to be not only more convenient but also a lot more economical," said Malcolm Geiss.

"It is just so much easier to drive, cuts down on our operating times and gets the job done with a minimum of fuss," he said.

Malcolm's blue PK10 auto features a single rear axle while youngest brother David's slightly newer PK10 features a lift up lazy axle for extra load capacity. Both of the Geiss UDs are fitted with a two tonne tail gate loader for faster loading and unloading.

The blue Geiss PK10 has clocked up almost 20,000kms since being delivered by Brisbane dealer Zupps earlier this year while David's maroon machine has been operating for about a month and has clocked up almost 8000km.

"The experience Malcolm had with his truck meant I could not wait to get into mine and now that it is on the road and working I couldn't be happier, particularly after our last trucks," said David.

The new Geiss UD PK10 automatics replace a pair of similar spec Euorpean rigids which proved to be not only less economical but also less reliable.

"We had a lot of down time with our previous trucks and one of the reasons we chose UD was because of the reputation they have for reliability," he added.

"It may be too early to judge the reliability but in termes of economy they are proving to be a lot better than the old trucks," he said.

The third Geiss brother, Darrell is still driving his older European built truck but will be switching to a new UD PK10 in the next few months.

The family business was started by David senior, who is now retired. He started the business in the 1970s using a single one-ton Dodge and gradually worked up to bigger and more efficient trucks.

Reflecting the true family flavour of Geiss Transport is the fact that Mum, Joan, looks after the administration, leaving the boys to handle the driving and on road operations.

"I have no hesitation in saying that the addition of the new UD PK10 automatics has been the best business decision we have ever made," Malcolm concluded.

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